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St. Charles Dance Academy

This program encourages skill development while emphasizing coordination, grace and poise in a fun learning environment. Dancers will build self-confidence by showing off everything they have learned during their performance in either the annual spring recital, summer showcase or last class of the session, depending upon which program you choose.

Instructors reserve the right to place a dancer in a different class that is more appropriate for the skill level. Classes meet at Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Avenue.

To search for dance programs by age, genre and more, click here.

To view a list of instructor bios, click here.

For the Parent Handbook, click here.

For the Dance Apparel Order Form, click here.
Orders will be accepted at Pottawatomie Community Center Front Desk.


2017 Dress Rehearsal & Pictures
Friday, May 12 • Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Rd, St Charles
More information will be distributed to parents at a later date.

2017 Spring Recital
Saturday May 13 • Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Rd, St Charles
For the Dance Recital Information Packet, click here.

Fall 2017 Dance Academy Recital Open House
Saturday, August ??
1-3:30pm, Pottawatomie Community Center

The St. Charles Dance Academy Company Team offers dancers the opportunity to participate in a team atmosphere, build strength and poise, increase flexibility and balance, and improve self-confidence. Dancers will be placed appropriately according to their ability and learn routines at an advanced level. Dance Teams participate in 3-4 dance competitions, 4-5 community performances and the park district spring dance recital. For more information please email

Payment Options
1. Pay the full activity registration fee at the time of registration.

2. Choose to have monthly payments, determined by the total number of classes, automatically withdrawn from your bank account. Monthly payment information is required at the time of registration. A $50 initial payment per session will secure your child’s place in this program. Payments will occur on the 15th of each month beginning September through April.

• Electronic Check Payment (ECP) Monthly payments will be automatically debited from your checking or savings account.

• Credit Card Authorization (CCA) Monthly payments will be automatically charged to your credit card: Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express

For more dance information, contact:

Instructor Bios

Allison Cole
Ms. Allison is a Junior at St. Charles East High School. She has been dancing with the Park District since she was 4 years old. She has danced Lyrical, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. She is now on the Park District's Company Team for the third year in a row. Ms. Allison has also been in multiple theatrical performances in the community and volunteers at the St. Charles Public Library.
Lynn Kalita
Ms. Lynn. comes to the program with over 30 years of dance instruction experience. She has taught for the Aurora Dance Studio, the Fox Valley Park District, Copeland Dance Academy, Lynn Kalita Dance Center, and the Geneva Park District. Beyond ballet, tap and jazz, Ms. Lynn also enjoys choreographing musical theater performances, such as Pocahontas, Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast and 42nd Street for local theater groups and clubs. She herself has danced with the Aurora Dance Studio, Mary Kay Neumann, Stone Camryn School of Ballet, Tommy Sutton Dance Studio, Lou Conte Dance Studio and Ruth Page Foundation of Dance to name a few. Ms. Lynn is excited to share her passion with young dancers.
Ann Keen

Ann Keen has been an actor and director in the area for over 20 years. She received her Masters in Acting from Arizona State University and taught movement and voice at several Universities. Ann has performed in several St. Charles productions, most recently she was in Unnecessary Farce at Fox Valley repertory. She has taken all disciplines of dance and looks forward to finding new and fun ways to introduce movement and dance to young artists! Ann and her husband John live in St. Charles and own the Geneva Spice House.

Samantha Newman
Ms. Samantha has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts Studies from Brigham Young University. Her emphasis was on playwriting, costume and makeup design. Ms. Samantha grew up in the Chicagoland area and began dance training at age 3 in Ballet, Jazz and Tap, with a primary focus on Tap. Ms. Samantha has taught Tap, Jazz, Modern and Creative Dance to children, teens and adults in studios in Utah and Illinois since 2005. She continues her tap education through the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.
Sheila O’Connor
Ms. Sheila has been involved with Irish Dancing since she was 6 years old.  She has been with the Weber School of Irish Dance from the beginning and will begin her 24th year as a teacher with them this Fall. She is also a school teacher who works with elementary age students with learning disabilities. The Weber Dancers have been working with the St. Charles Park District for many years.  They are beginning their 19th dance season this year with them and are looking forward to another exciting year of dance.
Jessie Oshinski
Ms. Jessie began dancing at age 3 at her local park district and then went on to dance at local area dance studios. Ms. Jessie has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical. She has danced competitively and also developed a passion for musical theatre. Ms. Jessie has helped revamp the dance program at the Huntley Park District and its annual dance recital. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm with dancers in the St. Charles Dance Academy by creating an engaging, fun learning environment.
Ellie Tate
Ms. Ellie is a recent graduate of St. Charles North High School and is going to school to pursue a professional career in theater. As a student of Beth Fowler School of Dance, she has experience with hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, ballet/pointe and tap. Ellie has been committed to theater since the first grade, and the years have given her many lead roles that require advanced dancing abilities, ranging anywhere from tricks and turns to body awareness and portrayal. She currently works for Elevate Preforming Arts where she has choreographed large group numbers for their children’s theater (K-12). They most recently performed Beauty and the Beast where she was Mrs. Potts as well as a head choreographer. Ellie will accept a directing position there this year. Ms. Ellie is excited to share her enthusiasm for learning while having fun.



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